It has been easy to criticise Celtic this season. The performances on the pitch have been poor, the club have kept faith with Neil Lennon for too long, the signings have been poor for the most part, the list is endless.
There was yet more criticism recently when Ben Davies, a player that had been linked with Celtic for a large part of the January transfer window, didn’t join the Hoops, and instead moved from Preston to Liverpool (BBC Sport).
Deal slipped through Celtic’s fingers
You can understand why a player would join Liverpool over Celtic. Let’s not be silly here. The fact that the deal seemed to slip through Celtic’s fingers led to move annoyance with the club. However, a report has emerged regarding Davies’ transfer which perhaps gets Celtic off the hook, just this once.
The Mirror reports that Celtic wanted a clause inserted into the 25-year-old’s contract that the player would be injury-free and fit to play when joining the club.
That wasn’t the case with Liverpool, who needed bodies in to solve injury issues and swooped to sign the player. However, Celtic shouldn’t be criticised for this reported clause. In fact, it makes sense.
No point signing an injured player
There would be no real point in bringing Davies to the club in January if he was going to be out of action for a few weeks. He wouldn’t have a lot of time to establish a central defensive partnership with anyone at the club.
If the deal had gone through with Davies injured, it would be used as yet another excuse to criticise Celtic. The Hoops would have been hammered for buying an injured player.
Okay, it is unfortunate that the player didn’t join Celtic in the end. Especially as it seemed at one stage that the deal was all but done. However, on this occasion, if the contract clause about being fit is correct, Celtic shouldn’t be criticised that much. In fact, it seems like a sensible thing to do.
In other news, Stephen Welsh is taking inspiration from Virgil Van Dijk.